Tuesday, July 15, 2008

THE POWER OF A PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL STORY

Over the past six years on behalf of MITSS, I have had the great fortune of travelling the country and abroad. I have spoken at conferences and forums, large and small, speaking with patients, family members, and clinicians. It seems that everyone has a story. Each time I speak with a clinician who has been affected by a medically induced trauma, I not only relate on a truly personal level, but it has served to strengthen my commitment and resolve to change the systems which fail each of us every day.

There can be nothing more powerful than a personal story, and we have encouraged anyone affected by an adverse event to share their experience with us on our website. While it seems that I hear from healthcare providers in equal numbers, they don’t appear as willing to share their stories. There has been a very moving entry recently added, and we invite you to take a look at our clinician story page. Also, if you’d like to share your own story, please feel free. The submission is anonymous, and confidentiality is assured. By sharing your personal and professional experience, you may be helping a colleague out there to feel less isolated and alone. We hope to hear from you.

Linda

1 comment:

Anna said...

Patients need to hear these stories too.

When there is silence, it is so hard to know what to think. You wonder, "Why is no one talking to me about this? Don't they care about me? Do they think this injury is just no big deal?"

I know it's scary for you guys to reveal yourselves. But it can be very humanizing and very healing.

- Anna

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